A woman in white walks towards the right of the painting. White, long stemmed lilies dominate the foreground and up the left side of the image, effectively framing the woman. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

A Convent Garden, Brittany Art Print

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Leech convalesced from typhoid in Concarneau, in a hospital run by the Sisters of the Holy Ghost, whose garden was the setting for this luminous picture. The model for the novice is Elizabeth Saurine, the artist's first wife. She glides past the viewer attired in a white lace habit, symbolic of her becoming a bride of Christ. Its delicate shades reflect the colours of the leaves and petals of the lilies, a symbol of purity.


National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70cm

 

Original Painting Information

William John Leech, Irish, 1881-1968

A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913

Oil on canvas, 132 x 106 cm

Presented, Mrs M. Botterell, 1952

NGI.1245

© The Artist's Estate

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